Statement of REC Networks: Los Angeles MX Group #27

REC supports a technical solution to resolve the disputes in MX Group #27 in a manner that assures that stations serve the areas that they were originally filed for and that the issues of alleged collusion and alleged gamesmanship are appropriately addressed.  REC will be taking steps that will help pave the way to a solution while continuing to address these issues.

FCC approves revised rules for on-air contests

From the September 17, 2015, Commission Meeting, the FCC has approved new rules that modernize on-air contests. Under the previous rules, terms and conditions of radio station contests had to be announced over the air.  This was lengthy and many stations relegated these required announcements to overnight periods.  Under the new rules, radio stations can now opt to announcing the station's website over the air and providing a link to the contest information. 

Under the newly revised rules, broadcast stations running contests:

FCC set to rule on 5 LPFM dismissals and a disputed MX group

The Federal Communications Commission has released a Sunshine agenda for the upcoming full Commission meeting on Thursday, September 17.  On the consent agenda, there are five proposed actions on applications for review filed in LPFM proceedngs as well as action on a disputed MX group.  The Application for Review is the appeal process if the Media Bureau turns down a petition for reconsideration.   

In the case of the MX group, if an informal objection or petition to deny is filed and the outcome results in the FCC's Audio Division proposing the change the score of an application, it must go to the full Commission for approval.

REC opposes commercial LPFM ownership and auctions while driving for changes in assignments, technical rules and underwriting

REC Networks has filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission on the Petition for Rulemaking filed by the upstart Low Power FM Advocacy Group (LPFM.AG).  In their petition, LPFM.AG seeks to make substantial changes to the LPFM service which included the ability for LPFM organizations to air commercials, own more stations, have primary status, the ability to have boosters, increase power and use the same engineering rules that apply to FM translators.  The LPFM.AG petition also called for the ability for unbuilt construction permits to be transferred to other organizations in order to save the station.

REC's "Plan B" for LPFM allocations

REC's "Plan B" is an alternate concept compared to the simplified process for a 250-watt LPFM service as proposed in REC's RM-11749 petition for rulemaking.  While REC had been working on "Plan B" for the past few years, a concept similar to Plan B was brought up by LPFM.AG in their petition for rulemaking, RM-11753.   LPFM.AG supports a complete replacement of the distance separation requirements for LPFM stations in §73.807(a) of the rules with "translator rules" or a complete contour overlap model.